That's not a role-playing game. That's a fantasy video game. Role-playing Game is when you actually get to play the role of your character, instead of following a set story line with scripted words and all. Dungeons and Dragon is a Role Playing Game. Vampire the Masquerade is a Role Playing Game. Alternity is a Role Playing Game. Rifts is a Role Playing Game. GURPS is a Role Playing Game. Mage the Ascension is a Role Playing Game. Deadlands is a Role Playing Game. Skyrealms of Jorome is a Role Playing Game. If it's on a computer or tv screen, I don't consider it an RPG.
A role-playing game (RPG) is a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting. Players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a narrative, either through literal acting, or through a process of structured decision-making or character development. Actions taken within the game succeed or fail according to a formal system of rules and guidelines.
Several varieties of RPG also exist in electronic media, including multi-player text-based MUDs and their graphics-based successors, massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs). Role-playing games also include single-player offline role-playing video games in which players control a character or team who undertake quests, and may include capabilities that advance using statistical mechanics. These games often share settings and rules with tabletop RPGs, but emphasize character advancement more than collaborative storytelling.
From Wikipedia. I know, it's not a source, but really, we're geeks. We understand these sorts of things. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Role_playing_game
Soooo true. Except the world of RPGs is often more ideal than the one we live in, thus appealing. You can work 9-5 for the rest of your life and get nowhere, but in an rpg you can be part of something amazing.
so whats the difference (in the pic?)…..
in every of the games you mentioned you perform tasks for rewards. :D
Difference being I can murder my Bosses in a video game.